Another story session and my little man remained quiet throughout our reading time. He seemed too absorbed or he just can’t understand the story. So I requested his three other brothers to join us instead as I retell the story of the Monkey and the Cat.
The Monkey and The Cat
A Monkey and a Cat lived in the same family, and it was hard to tell which was the greatest thief. One day, as they were roaming about together, they spied some chestnuts roasting in the ashes. “Come,” said the cunning Monkey, “we shall not go without our dinner to-day. Your claws are better than mine for the purpose; you pull them out of the hot ashes and you shall have half.” Pussy pulled them out one by one, burning her claws very much in doing so. When she had stolen them all, she found that the Monkey had eaten every one.
There’s no honor among thieves
A thief cannot be trusted, even by another thief
I do not like to generalize but then to save themselves from further pain, I often tell my boys that thieves honor no law. Thieves, on the first place, break the law, therefore are not bound by it. They have no honor for the law so it is better to avoid dealing with them.
But more than that, I reiterated that they should not dare try living the life of a thief.
It’s true Thieves turn on themselves and others in the pack as it’s each one for themselves and there is no code .
True, thieves do not honor the law. I just can’t accept their alibi that they just did it because they need money. There are so many ways to earn money and stealing is not included.
No matter how big or small – if you take whatever that is not yours, you are a thief. This is a good story to share among little kids. Values instill to kids when they are young are values they cherish and learn when they get old.
I find it really inspiring how you teach life lessons to your kids using these stories. Some of the stories you share I’ve never encountered before. Would love to know where you get them. 🙂
Like you, I also teach life lessons to my kids through our story-telling. This is why I am very careful in choosing books for them because I want to make sure that they will learn something from the stories. I’ll look for a copy of this one 🙂
Love this. There are times when we try our best as moms to give the lessons before they even encounter the situation, just to save some pains. haha or at least to make wise decisions in the future. =)
This is a nice story to tell to my kid. Nakakainis pero may story hahaha. Thanks for sharing! 🙂